Written by Nathasha De Alwis
16 Apr, 2018 | 8:24 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Former Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who has been charged with financial misappropriation, was granted bail today (April 16) after being arrested by the FCID and produced in court. However, the Former Minister was placed in remand custody for failing to fulfill the conditions of his bail.
Aluthgamage is accused of using funds from Lanka Sathosa Ltd. under the previous regime, to purchase sports equipment worth 39 Million Rupees, which was then distributed for political gain.
When the former Minister was produced before Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne an order was issued preventing Aluthgamage from traveling overseas. The MP was also ordered to hand over his passport to court. Even though a statement was made that Aluthgamage’s passport is already in custody of the Colombo High Court, the claim was not proven.
As a result, the former Minister was placed in remand custody and was taken to the Welikada Prison. The case is to be taken up again on the 11th of May.
The Former Chairman of Lanka Sathosa Limited Nalin Ruwanjeewa Fernando, was also arrested on the 6th of this month in connection with this case and was later released on bail but was barred from overseas travel.
UPFA MP, Namal Rajapaksa expressing his views stated that it looks like the Cabinet Media Spokesperson is the one who is steering the law of the country today. He denied all allegations against MP Aluthgamage and said the officers in the FCID should also be careful because no one would come forward to protect them when there is a change in power.
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